Academy Launches Tobacco and Nicotine Toolkit for Members

Effort Is Part of Overarching Healthy Interventions Program

November 06, 2015 01:43 pm Chris Crawford
[Doctor breaking cigarette]

As part of its Healthy Interventions program, the Academy's Health of the Public and Science (HOPS) Division has launched a Tobacco and Nicotine Toolkit to better support family physicians' efforts to prevent and control tobacco and nicotine use in their patients. The toolkit is supported, in part, by a grant from the AAFP Foundation.(www.aafpfoundation.org)

In addition, USB flash drives were mailed this week to active members and third-year residents in the seven states with the highest prevalence of tobacco use (Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia). These flash drives offer the same information as the online resource plus extra information specific to the member's state, including local and state advocacy resources.

The effort is intended to coincide with the Great American Smokeout(www.cancer.org) on Nov. 19.

Story Highlights
  • As part of its Healthy Interventions program, the Academy's Health of the Public and Science Division has launched a Tobacco and Nicotine Toolkit.
  • In addition, USB flash drives with the toolkit and state-specific resources were mailed this week to active members and third-year residents in the seven states with the highest prevalence of tobacco use.
  • The HOPS division has refocused its resources into a Healthy Interventions framework to address tobacco and nicotine prevention and control, breastfeeding support and healthy lifestyles.

Jennifer Frost, M.D., medical director for the AAFP Health of the Public and Science Division, told AAFP News that the tobacco and nicotine toolkit is comprehensive -- providing resources in advocacy, community engagement, office-based tools, and science and education.

Toolkit Breakdown

The Tobacco and Nicotine Toolkit's office-based tools for family physicians include tips for integrating tobacco cessation efforts into practices, coding and payment information, patient education materials, and guides for the topics of group visits, e-cigarettes, tobacco cessation medications and behavioral health.

The community engagement section includes information about the Tar Wars tobacco-free education program for fourth- and fifth-graders, community health data, and resources on integrating primary care and public health at the local level.

The advocacy section includes a link to the AAFP's national efforts to prevent and treat tobacco/nicotine addiction, as well as resources for state and local advocacy.

And finally, the science and education section provides the AAFP's clinical recommendations and position statements on tobacco screening and treatment, and slide decks that members can use to educate other clinicians about treating tobacco use.

2015-16 Tobacco Prevention and Control Mini-Grants Awarded

The AAFP has awarded its 2015-16 tobacco prevention and control mini-grants to 10 chapters and family medicine residency programs for innovative programs to prevent and treat tobacco use and nicotine dependence.

These $4,000 awards were given to the following chapters and residency programs:

  • Creighton University Family Medicine Residency Program, Omaha, Neb.
  • Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program, Evansville, Ind.
  • Delaware Academy of Family Physicians
  • Honor Health Scottsdale Osborn Family Medicine Residency Program, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
  • Kansas Academy of Family Physicians
  • McGraw Northwestern Family Medicine Residency Program, Grayslake, Ill.
  • Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
  • Missouri Academy of Family Physicians
  • University of Texas Southern Family Medicine Residency Program, Dallas

"Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in this country and a significant cause of chronic disease and disability," Frost said. "The most effective way of treating disease is to prevent it, so we are committed to educating our members on the best strategies for preventing, screening and treating addiction."

Healthy Interventions Framework

The HOPS division has refocused its resources for Academy members to better target health at the population level.

This program will focus on important public health topics such as tobacco and nicotine prevention and control, breastfeeding support, and promoting healthy lifestyles through nutrition, physical activity and emotional well-being.

To address issues of health equity and social determinants of health, HOPS' strategy with Healthy Interventions is to help family physicians

  • encourage healthier lifestyles for populations within the context of the patient-centered medical home,
  • address the multiple determinants of health within and outside the clinic’s walls,
  • fully engage patients,
  • coordinate care with traditional medical organizations as well as community-based and social organizations, and
  • address primary care and public health/community integration.

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